I so wanted a vertically seamed balconette, and this bra is a stunning aesthetic example of one. It features lovely, scroll-patterned lace in an understated neutral shade and a darling tear drop pearl bauble detail at the gore.
I have the vanilla color, it's a lovely ivory-cream-oatmeal shade, and since I'm quite pale it works as a nude under light clothing. Although the lace does show a bit under thin tops, it doesn't bother me.
It runs so tight in the band and small/shallow in the cup that I'd definitely advise going up a band and cup size. I wear it with an extender, which solves the tourniquet band, but there's spillage at the top of the cup and I find myself frequently adjusting during the day. Despite this, the shape it gives me is lovely and round. If it had fit me better, I could see it being a favorite bra.
Well made, beautiful bra. I wish it had fit better, or came in larger cup sizes.
This bra is lovely, but the sizing is wonky. It's labeled as a 32H. I am a 30HH normally, and I'm not sure who this bra would work best for--30GG?--but it certainly didn't work for me. The cups are at least two sizes small and the band fits more like a 30 than a 32. There is also a fairly stiff fabric adorning the top of the cups which makes this a less full-on-top-friendly option than your standard half cup.
I've already reviewed the plum colourway of this bra, but thought it worth adding here that the vanilla is a beautiful colour. Photos show it as on the creamy side of white; in person, I found it to be an antique ivory hue.
Also, the vanilla colourway seems to run tighter in the band than the plum. I wear my plum Orla using 1-2 sets of hooks care of an extender; for the vanilla, I need the full length of an extender.
This is the bra that made me figure out that I do not have a very wide root. The wires are too wide for me and the style doesn't seem to suit my shape. I freaking LOVE the design though! I might do some reversible surgery on this bra to see if I cane make it work for sexy times... that is IF I get around to acquiring sewing equipment!
I hesitated on which size to buy, because there were so few reviews out there for this bra. Pretty much all of them agreed that the band and the cups ran small -- but at the same time, whenever I order a 32, the band just will not stay in place on me. And whenever I order a cup size larger, it doesn't work.
In the end I took a punt on my normal size, and it's fabulous!
The band definitely runs tight. I'm a true 30, in that my underbust is 29.5". In Cleo and Masquerade bras, I find I need to buy the 30 and use ...an extender for an extra column of hooks to get the right band tension. In the Orla's case, I need 2 columns. (But using the full length of the extender resulted in the band being too large.)
The cups are a true halfcup cut. Good immediate projection, and good inner projection as well, since I don't find my breasts waging war with the gore on this one quite so much as in other bras. I'm *almost* quadding, but it's so open at the top that it isn't a problem and just contributes to the regency cleavage look.
As for whether the cups run true to size, well, how to answer that? I fit perfectly in this in 30FF, which is the size I take in Cleo and Freya bras, if that helps.
The lace doesn't lay flat at its upper edge when not wearing a shirt -- but I've not noticed a problem with it showing even under thin, clingy shirts, so perhaps the weight of the shirt holds it down flat.
This is without a doubt the comfiest bra I own. The band is snug without being restrictive or firm or digging; the wires perfectly follow my inframammary fold, the straps don't irritate my arms... There just seem to be none of the little niggles I get with any of my other bras. By the end of the day, the gore does stab me a little, but I think that's more to do with the fact that it's too wide and my boobs and the gore are sick of each other after 10+ hours.
Unfortunately, I think I managed to snare a bra with a manufacturing defect, as the lace doesn't lay flat anywhere over the cup. The lace layer appears to be made for a larger cup size than the lining layer, but it's sewn in place as if it's the same size as the lining layer, which results in puckering and rumpling over the whole cup. I've emailed Panache about it for their advice, and am still waiting to hear back. Pretty sure it's not a size problem as I have the Orla in the vanilla colourway and it doesn't have the same problem with the lace layer.
*Edited to add: Panache have confirmed the lace layer is probably faulty and will be sending me a replacement bra. Read more 389 more words